| Oct 17, 2011
| 3:40 PM
What do I have in common with a growing list of authors that include Salman Rushdie, Lemony Snicket, Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker? If you said we’re regulars at Mario’s deli, you’d be wrong. Except in my case, where you would have...
| Dec 6, 2011
It has its heart in the right place. It has a great cast. It will get nominated for lots of awards.
It’s an entertaining film, but very flawed.
It’s the story of black maids in Mississippi in the ‘60s, working for rich white families...
| May 20, 2011
| 8:39 AM
David Fitzpatrick got a phone call after his essay appeared in the New Haven Review . It was a literary agent who invited him to turn it into a book. The essay, called “My Decade on Broadway,” is a spare, aching and tender reflection on life...
| May 3, 2008
By Darin Strauss
The daunting thing, of course, is the word itself. You hear "genius," you picture Wile E. Coyote, tinkering alone in the sierras, cobbling together the rocket-powered cycle on which he will catch only trouble.
| May 24, 2008
Some of you may recall that famous line from "Ulysses," when Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce's great everyday hero, laments, "History . . . is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Not so lovers of historical fiction, those of us who try to dive...
| Apr 14, 2009
When I watch the Carl's Jr. commercial featuring "Top Chef" host and mega-model Padma Lakshmi make hot sweet love to a Western Bacon Cheeseburger, I have many thoughts, some of which, I confess, are not entirely to my credit.
The spot features the former...
| Feb 1, 2009
1. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates ($14.95)
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)
3. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99)
4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney ($12.95)
| Apr 11, 2009
To the jaded Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye," he was the guy responsible for "all that David Copperfield kind of crap." In "The Wire," he's the obsession of a philistine, prize-obsessed editor who can't stop drawing glib parallels between...
| Mar 29, 2009
Patrick White, the first great novelist to come out of Australia, was born in 1912, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, died in 1990 and his work promptly dropped from fashion. His style of narrative-driven psychological modernism seemed outmoded, perhaps,...
| Jan 2, 2009
| 3:42 PM
| May 10, 2009
Forest Park is one of the largest patches of urban wilderness in the United States, and the Victorian homes and gardens nearby create an air of Tolkienesque enchantment. Right around here in fact, one of Tolkien's heirs labors in a century-old house....
| Nov 15, 2009
Changing My Mind
The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95
Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...